Weekly Bulletin: June 4

Upcoming Events At A Glance...

Hebrew Chant with Rabbi Shefa

Preparing for Revelation with Rabbi Shefa Gold
THIS Thursday, June 6, 7-9 PM
Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St, Greenfield
$10-18 Suggested Donation

We will joyfully prepare for revelation with this evening of Hebrew Chant. The Chant will help us connect with our longing for Truth, clear our minds, open our hearts and strengthen our commitment to receive Torah anew.

Doors 6:45. Be prompt - no admission after 7:15. RSVP by responding to this email.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Tikkun Layl Shavuot

Saturday, June 8, 8PM-Midnight: enLighten the Night by learning Torah and teachings together on the evening of Shavuot. We will re-enact Receiving the Torah by studying layers of text together. We'll obesrve the traditions of reading the book of Ruth and enjoying dairy based snacks.

Topics we'll be learning include: Jewish Intentional Communities, Refugee songs a la Ruth and Naomi, Jewish teachings about animal care and animal rights, Yiddish midrash/teaching tales, Hebrew is Magic (Really), and others!

Free cheese cake!

If you have a favorite teaching you'd like to share, contact Rabbi Andrea (

Yizkor Service

Monday, June 10, 10 AM - 

This final day of Shavuot, we'll meet for the holiday service, which includes Yizkor, the service of recalling our deceased beloveds. Please help us make the minyan for this important service.

Followed by seasonal foods for kiddush (i.e. dairy themed foods).

Pride Shabbat

Pride Shabbat is coming up on Friday, June 14, 7 PM. 

Join us in Greenfield to kick off the weekend of Franklin County Pride with a vibrant, participatory, and musical Kabbalat Shabbat service! 

Led by cantorial soloist Justin Sundell-Thomas, we will focus on the themes of authenticity, love, and welcome that are inherent in Jewish liturgy. All are welcome. Venue is wheelchair accessible and has gender neutral restrooms. Refreshments and fellowship will follow.

The next morning, please join us in the Pride March through downtown Greenfield! Marchers gather at 11:15.

Mazel Tov!

Temple Israel's former spiritual leader, Bob Rottenberg, is receiving Rabbinic Ordination this summer! He writes:

This great honor will be conferred on me, in recognition of my 45 years of Jewish leadership, by Rabbi Naomi Steinberg, through the lineage of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of Jewish Renewal.  

If you cannot be here in person, I would so appreciate it if you would write something in the way of a greeting and remembrance, and send it to me before the end of July. All greetings will be combined into a special book that commemorates this milestone in my life.

We wish him a hearty Mazel Tov! If you'd like to write something to him, you may email him at

Collect Your Coat!

There are several winter coats that have been abandoned on the Temple coat rack. If you're missing one, maybe you left it here? Come take a look!

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